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Mealey's Labor & Employment - High Court Denies Cert In Case Over Termination Of Long-Term Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 21 denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in a case in which the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said a district court did not err in determining that a disability plan did not wrongfully terminate a claimant's long-term disability benefits...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - High Court Won't Review Ruling Tossing Claims Against Third-Party Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 21 denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in a case in which an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel affirmed the dismissal of claims against a third-party administrator of an employee pension benefit plan because it was not a fiduciary of the...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit: Covered Business Method Patent Review Was Error

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Findings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that a computer security patent is obvious never should have been reached because the board erroneously determined that the invention at issue qualifies as a covered business method (CBM), a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Jurisdictional Discovery, More Specific Allegations Required, Judge Says

NEW ORLEANS - Plaintiffs in an asbestos exposure case are entitled to further discovery in an attempt to muster the difficult support they need to overcome jurisdictional issues against one defendant and must amend their complaint to allege more specifics against a second company, a federal judge in...

Mealey's Banking & Finance - 6th Circuit Finds Disability Coverage Claims Preempted By ERISA

CINCINNATI - After finding that a former marketing director's claims for coverage against a medical review company were completely preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 17 affirmed dismissal of the claims and found that a previous...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - New York Appellate Panel Upholds Order Denying Judgment To Doctor, Hospital

NEW YORK - In a divided opinion, a New York appellate panel on Feb. 21 affirmed a trial court order denying motions for summary judgment filed by a doctor and a hospital in a medical malpractice suit because summary judgment is not proper when two sets of experts have differing opinions (Marino Servino...

Mealey's Insurance - Claims In Bad Faith Suit Not Subject To ERISA Preemption, Magistrate Rules

NEWARK, N.J. - Remand of an insurance breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit to state court is proper because a third-party's claims are not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a federal magistrate judge in New Jersey ruled Feb. 17 (North Jersey Brain & Spine Center...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Arkansas Top Court Upholds Certification Of City Employee Class In Suit Over Raises

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Supreme Court on Feb. 16 upheld a circuit court's certification of a class of city workers suing for breach of contract after mandated raises ended (City of Conway, an Arkansas Municipality v. Richard Shumate, Jr., et al., No. CV-16-284, Ark. Sup., 2017 Ark. LEXIS...

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Court Finds Borrowers Have No Standing To Challenge Foreclosure

SAN FRANCISCO - A California appellate panel on Feb. 17 affirmed a ruling in favor of various lenders, finding that property owners failed to show that they had standing to challenge a foreclosure under a pooling and services agreement (Hanneke C. Gary R. Lohse, v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, et al., No...

Mealey's Insurance - Conservator Asks Court To Convert Conservatorship To Liquidation

SAN FRANCISCO - California's insurance commissioner asked one of his state's courts on Feb. 17 to declare an insurer insolvent and order its liquidation (Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner of the State of California v. CastlePoint National Insurance Company, and DOES 1-50, No. CPF-16-515183,...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Avandia Common Benefit Fee Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 21 denied review of a circuit court ruling that a plaintiffs law firm is obligated to pay a 7 percent common benefit fee from the settlement of its state court multiplaintiff lawsuit to attorneys who ran a federal multidistrict litigation (Law Offices...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - 9th Circuit Stays Cymbalta Class Withdrawal Appeal Pending Supreme Court Case

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 21 stayed an appeal in a Cymbalta withdrawal class action pending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case with a similar issue (Melissa Strafford, et al. v. Eli Lilly and Company, No. 15-56808, 9th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - 9th Circuit Reverses, Remands Excess Coverage Suit Over Racial Discrimination Claim

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 21 reversed and remanded a lower federal court's ruling in a dispute over excess coverage for a settlement demand in an underlying racial discrimination lawsuit against the city of Montebello, Calif. (Security National Insurance Co...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge Dismisses Proposed Class Action Suit Over Faulty Air Conditioning Coils

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A federal judge in Georgia on Feb. 22 dismissed without prejudice a proposed class action suit accusing Daikin Industries Ltd. (DIL), Daikin Applied Americas Inc. (DAA) and Daikin North Americas LLC (DNA) of making and selling air conditioning units with faulty evaporator coils, ruling...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - 6 Claims Survive In Whole Or In Part In 5 Federal Cases Involving Essure Device

PHILADELPHIA - All or parts of six claims involving the Essure birth control device on Feb. 21 survived dismissal the second time around while defendant Bayer Corp. picked up dismissals of other counts or parts of them (Helen McLaughlin v. Bayer Corporation, et al., No. 14-7315, Ruth Ruble v. Bayer Corporation...

Mealey's Insurance - New York Panel: Insurer's Expert Report Never Rose Above Level Of Speculation

NEW YORK - A New York appeals panel on Feb. 21 found that an insurer failed to demonstrate prima facie that all of its restaurant insured's claimed losses were caused by flood waters resulting from Superstorm Sandy (Pastabar Cafe Corporation v 343 East 8th Street Associates, LLC, et al. No. 2899...

Mealey's Insurance - 2nd Circuit Ends $7.8M Appeal Of Reinsurance Judgment Debtor

NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 21 acknowledged a stipulation and ended the appeal of a judgment debtor that opposed a $7.8 million lower court ruling against it (AmTrust North America, Inc. and Technology Insurance Company, Inc., as judgment creditors of Pacific Re, Inc....

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Panel: Alleged Misstatements In Securities Class Action Were Forward-Looking

CINCINNATI - A federal district court did not err in dismissing a securities class action lawsuit because shareholders failed to plead scienter and the defendants' alleged misleading statements were forward-looking and protected, a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Feb. 21 in affirming...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 8th Circuit Affirms Daubert, Evidence Suppression Rulings In Child Porn Case

OMAHA, Neb. - A trial court properly found that a procedural notice error in the application of a warrant that led to a child pornography conviction did not prejudice the defendant, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Feb. 17, upholding the denial of the defendant's motion to suppress...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 7th Circuit: No Jurisdiction Over Where Individual Offer Of Judgment Was Accepted

CHICAGO - A Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Feb. 17 dismissed the appeal of a trial court's denial of class certification in a lawsuit alleging unlawful detention by an Illinois city, finding that it lacked jurisdiction after the named plaintiff accepted an individual offer of judgment...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge: Tainted Groundwater Case Valid; Damages Allowed Against Some Defendants

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana on Feb. 21 partially granted and partially denied motions to dismiss claims brought by a class of residents who contend that Chevron USA Inc. and related companies are liable for contaminating their groundwater with naturally occurring radioactive material ...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Federal Murder Trial In NECC Fungal Meningitis Trial Passes 1-Month Mark

BOSTON - The federal murder trial of the former president and chief pharmacist of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) on Feb. 21 passed its 30th day of testimony on Nov. 21 with the government presenting its 33rd witness (United States of America v. Barry J. Cadden, et al., No. 14-10363, D. Mass...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Louisiana Appeals Court: Family's Claims Perempted By New Home Warranty Act

BATON ROUGE, La. - A Louisiana appeals panel on Feb. 17 affirmed rulings awarding summary judgment to a home builder and its insurer, finding that a family's allegations that defective workmanship caused a fire that destroyed the home were perempted by the New Home Warranty Act (NHWA) (James E. Shields...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - High Court Rejects Czech Republic's Petition For Review Of Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 21 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by the Czech Republic-Ministry of Health, which sought review of an appellate court decision that reversed the denial of a petition to confirm a $325 million arbitral award in favor of a Liechtenstein...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ICSID Continues Stay Of Enforcement Of $48M Award Against Bolivia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An ad hoc Committee for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Feb. 22 released its decision to deny a request by two entities to lift a stay of enforcement of a $48,619,578 arbitral award issued in their favor, continuing the stay until pending annulment...